Mariners Interested in Brent Lillibridge

Apr 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Brent Lillibridge (20) hits a two RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent utility man and Everett, Washington native Brent Lillibridge is getting some looks from the Mariners and Texas Rangers according to a tweet by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Last season between the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees, Lillibridge hit .119 with 5 RBI in 59 at-bats. He was called up to the Yanks when Derek Jeter went on the DL and was designated for assignment to make room for Alex Rodriguez.

For his career, Lillibridge is a .205 hitter with 19 homers and 71 RBI in parts of six seasons. His best year was with the Chicago White Sox in 2011. He hit .258 with 13 homers and 29 RBI.

Let’s hope the Mariners are interested in Lillibridge for some bench depth and not as their centerfield solution.

Topics: Brent Lillibridge, Seattle Mariners

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  • maqman

    I do so hope you are wrong.

    • JJ Allen Keller

      Why? What is wrong with a young utility player who has hit well in the past?

  • tedsfrozenhead

    .205 lifetime is not “hitting well in the past”

    • JJ Allen Keller

      A 126 wRC+ in 2011 is, that’s what I was referring to. I am having a hard time seeing the problem though. It’s just organization depth. Maybe he is the utility guy. Maybe he plays for Tacoma. It isn’t like he is going to lead off and play CF every day. Teams can’t just sign all stars. I’ll take almost anyone on a $1M or less contract.

      • tedsfrozenhead

        JJ…If we want a utility player who can actually contribute what would you think of bringing Bloomquist back to Seattle? Age should not be a consideration over winning. Willie might have a better line and is a great clubhouse presence.

        • JJ Allen Keller

          I would feel the same way I do about Lillibridge. Who cares. Bench players like this don’t matter that much. Who even knows if they will make the team. But I don’t care much about clubhouse presence. I care about performance.

          • tedsfrozenhead

            “who cares” “bench players don’t matter much” “Don’t care about clubhouse presences”…….

            With respect, you are an idiot.

          • JJ Allen Keller

            First, refrain from personal attacks. It just makes you look bad. If you can’t stick to the topic, providing factual evidence for your position, there is no use in a discussion. So lets stick to that, and provide reasoning and facts to support what you say.

            Second, you misquoted me. I said bench players LIKE THIS — meaning ones that may not even make the team — dont matter. So yeah, who cares who is brought in a spring training invites, when, mathematically, they dont matter. They play such a limited time, if at all, that their effect isnt really felt most of the time. In what way does a last off the bench player matter extensively?

            Last, can you prove that clubhouse presence matters? Statistically or otherwise? Because from my experience, it is just a narrative that likely doesnt matter. If it doesnt show up on the field, it doesnt really have an impact.

            Wasnt Raul a clubhouse presence? Yet the team still sucked. That doesnt mean it doesnt exist, but I will take the good player with a poor presence over a worse player with a good presence 10/10 times.

      • tedsfrozenhead

        I will play for the MLB minimum!

  • PatrickthePragmatist

    Bloomquist would be the ideal guy. He as hit over .300 the last three seasons as a role player, hits lefties well, still runs good and plays all over place. He has started over a hundred games at SS the last three years and can play the OF. The M’s need consistent hitting more than they need power. So I would be okay with having Willie start at 1B against LHP sometimes if they do keep Smoak which I am not sure they will. Some would rant about that, but the M’s were second in home runs and 71-91. I will take more consistent hitting over slugging right now even if the need to plug in role players here and there in order to accomplish it.

  • PatrickthePragmatist

    The 2011 Lillibridge would be useful. He had a .287/346/.585 line against LHP in 107 PA that year. But he is only worth adding as a guy who shows up in the spring looking for work and that is it. If they are really looking for a utility man that is not a waste of a roster spot they should consider someone else. Especially if they end up with an Ibanez/Montero platoon at DH. Roster spots will be precious and few then.

  • JJ Allen Keller

    I just cant believe how angry people are over the fact that the Mariners are looking at signing a camp body who can be somewhat useful if all goes well. It is ridiculous.

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